A linguistic anthropologist explains why, um, “filler words” are OK to use


Source:  https://qz.com/921004/lets-stop-demonizing-filler-words/

Excerpt:

To give a full list of discourse markers in English is probably impossible, but they include:

  1. Connectors like and, or, and but
  2. Markers of time like now, then, and next
  3. Words that show similarity and difference, including like and unlike
  4. Cause-and-effect words like then, therefore, and because
  5. Ways to introduce examples, such as for instance and such as
    summarizing words and phrases like briefly, to sum up, and as I was saying
    and all of the other words and phrases that connect our speech and writing to its larger context
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